mourning cloak


: a blackish-brown nymphalid butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) that has a broad yellow border on the wings and is found in temperate parts of Europe, Asia, and North America

Examples of mourning cloak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adult mourning cloak, question mark and comma butterflies may overwinter next year in these piles. Monica Cardoza, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2023 Flying insects such as the resident mourning cloak butterfly, adorned in yellow and black, are beginning to emerge. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mourning cloak was in 1850

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“Mourning cloak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

mourning cloak

: a blackish brown butterfly of Europe, Asia, and North America having a broad yellow border on the wings
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